Shoot the bride

How to film and edit the perfect wedding video using Pinnacle Studio

Before you can edit a great wedding video with Pinnacle Studio, you have to make sure you've got the best possible footage. Here are our top five tips for shooting the perfect wedding:

  1. 1. Delegate: shooting a wedding is hard work and will take up most of your time during the day. You'll be looking down a camera lens for most of the day and thinking constantly about your next shot. If you've got a big part to play in the proceedings, get someone else to shoot the video.
  2. 2. Two cameras: try your best to get two cameras on the event. It's useful to capture different angles on important moments like the ceremony itself so that you can cut parts out without causing a jump. It's also a lot less stressful if you can have one camera already set up at the main venue while the other is filming the bride's preparations.
  3. 3. Day plan: Weddings are planned down to the last detail, so be sure you know where you need to be at what time to capture all the key moments. These might well include:
    • - The bride's preparations and her leaving the family home.
    • - The groom greeting guests at the church or venue
    • - The bride's arrival
    • - The service (get two angles on this if you can)
    • - The departure from the venue
    • - The arrival at the reception
    • - The speeches (again, two angles on this - one of the speaker, the other of the audience)
    • - The cutting of the cake
    • - The first dance
  4. 4. Tripods: get hold of a tripod if you can - shooting an hour long church service hand-held is a nightmare.
  5. 5. Cut-aways: shots of people's reactions to whatever's going on, scenery shots of the venue and shots of things going on away from the central action are absolutely invaluable during editing. They allow you to chop out sections without creating a jump or cover the odd wobbly camera moment. Grab cut-aways at every opportunity. You can never have enough of them.

Editing

If you've done a good job on the day, you should end up with a lot of material to work with in your edit. You'll need to devote at least a day to cutting the video together. Here are a few tips:

  1. 1. Always work in Timeline mode rather than storyboard view - this allows you to see your project in more detail
  2. 2. Use the Overlay/title track to place cut-aways which appear over the main action
  3. 3. Start by using the razor tool at the top of the timeline to cut long takes into more manageable scenes
  4. 4. When using two cameras, place your main shot in the overlay track, and the second camera shot in the top track. Line the two up so that they're playing in sync and then simply use the razor to cut out sections of the overlay track.
  5. 5. Use "Change Volume" from the toolbox menu to remove the sound from the overlay track.
  6. 6. Work in scenes - if your video is long, break it up into scenes - making each one as an avi movie on disk and then re-importing your finished scenes later on to arrange them into a complete video. That way even the longest project won't get out of hand.